Most of the time when folks around here talk about being almost finished with something, they say they’re in the short rows. This saying isn’t referring to knitting short rows but goes back to a time when farmers planted crops diagonally across the field so being in the short rows of corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat or whatever would mean they were almost finished with the field. In (k)nitting that is not always the case. My just (k)nits bound off this week is an example of this. Brickless starts out with five stitches and grows to about 150 stitches so when I got close to the end of the project I was happy to be in the long rows. My Brickless is in Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway using US size 6 needles. It was a fun quick knit and the pattern well written. I have at least one sweater quantity of this yarn and having worked with it am now concerned about how well it will hold up to multiple years of wear and washing.It is a lightweight worsted and soft–yes I do want my wool soft but this is not a “positive” type soft.Others who use this yarn love it but it doesn’t meet my yarn preferences for sweaters. This yarn is similar in price to Malabrigo Rios and for my yarn buck the Rios has more bang. I’ll use the Yowza I have but doubt I’ll buy more for sweaters.
My just (k)nits for others is a secret project that also started with a few stitches and now has 1000+ stitches. This is a group project which I’m finishing and again I’m in the long rows and will be happy to get to the end of this “field” but will have another “field” just like it next week. Hopefully after the recipients have these, I will post pictures.
I swatched for Shaken or Stirred and will be using US size 3 needles. The plan is to just (k)nits cast on on July 12 or maybe before then. Until then I”ll be in the long rows on the secret knit and working on Sidewalk Socks which are a just (k)nits for fun project that have been (k)nitnapping while I worked on backpack buddies. The socks are Gale’s Art Wonder Sock in Graffiti and Asphalt colorway. I have to confess here that up until about 30 minutes ago. I was still debating when to just (k)nits cast on the Shaken or Stirred. I have a friend who cast on February Lady Sweater this week and was tempted to buddy knit with her. Also I’m participating in the Knitgirllls Stash Dash 2014 and was thinking that I could finish February Lady Sweater in time to count the yardage. After looking at my total yardage so far, I have decided that is unlikely so I’ll stick with the queue and just (k)nit on.
Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.